3D Printers

Investing in 3D Printing Filament Companies

The most commonly used 3D Printers today utilize a technology called Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) which creates 3D objects from a spool of filament that is melted and then cooled again as seen below: The materials used to create these filaments always have thermoplastic properties which means they become soft when heated and hard when cooled. Some […]

Is 3D Systems Losing Focus by Acquiring Cimatron?

We’ve written in previous articles about the large number of acquisitions that 3D Systems seems to engage in over time and the broad types of companies they like to acquire. In November of 2014, 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced a definitive agreement to acquire Cimatron, a deal that was finalized just yesterday for around $97 million. With the […]

All About 3D Printing Company Tinkerine

3D printing stocks have been on a bit of a slump lately. The Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) IPO this week is trading at almost the exact same price the shares were issued at, showing that investors are becoming somewhat immune to the hype surrounding this space. As of this month, one other 3D printing company that U.S. investors […]

Is There a 3D Printing Industry?

The answer to this question is no because there is no “industry” called 3D printing. Media articles should refer to the “3D printing space” or the “3D printing market” as opposed to the “3D printing industry”. This is because no standard industry classifications currently exist for 3D printing. The classification of a company is relevant […]

3D Printing or 3D Pretending

In 2004, the term “nanotechnology” came across investor’s radar with many companies injecting the prefix or suffix “nano” into their value proposition in the hopes of enticing investors. Earlier than that, the “.com” era heralded a slew of companies claiming to be the next big thing for investors, most of which died a quick death. […]

Groupe Gorge 3D Printing Revenue Analysis

One new entrant into the 3D Printing space last year was Groupe Gorge. The company trades on the Euronext Paris exchange (EPA:GOE) and on the US OTC market (OTCMKTS:GGRGF). Groupe Gorge had €208 million in revenues for 2012 from three business lines. Revenue breakdown from these three lines for 2012 are Industrial Robotics (47%), Industry Project […]

3D Systems Continues Acquisition Spree

In September of this year, we published an article highlighting 14 acquisitions 3D Systems has made this year. Just this month, 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) has made 3 additional acquisitions. The first acquisition on December 4th was Figulo Corporation. Founded in August 2011, Figulo 3D prints ceramic objects using a proprietary alumina and silica mixture specifically designed for 3D printing […]

All About 3D Printing IPO VoxelJet

Investors in pure-play 3D printing companies have fared well this year with the 2 biggest players by market cap, Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS) and 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD), up +22% and +51% respectively. The first IPO in the 3D printing sector, ExOne (NASDAQ:XONE), has paid investors handsomely since February this year with an +80% return. The second 3D […]

14 Most Recent 3D Systems (DDD) Acquisitions

Just several days ago, 3D Systems announced yet another acquisition when they acquired The Sugar Lab, a company that produces novel 3D confections. Acquisitions have been happening at such a frantic pace for 3D Systems that it’s worth stopping to take a closer look at just what type of companies have been acquired in 2012/2013. […]

Who Sells The Best Consumer 3D Printers?

While consumer 3D printing is in the early stages of adoption, there are many product offerings available today. TopTenReviews.com has published their list of the 2013 best 3D printers based on a set of 5 criteria; features, design, included components, connectivity, and support. Each of these criteria were objectively applied to the printers they evaluated […]